A Story is a Promise

A Story 
is a Promise

Essays on the Craft of Writing


Bill Johnson
A photo of Bill Johnson, author of A Story is a Promise and the Spirit of Storytelling.
My reviews and critiques are meant to help writers fix common story problems and help create stories that engage and satisfy an audience, whether you're trying to write a movie script or write or self-publish a novel.

I have three levels of service for how to write a movie script.

Notes on a 120 page screenplay run 2-3 pages. I offer comments on story structure, some line editing, and my recommendations. Cost, $75; $85 if a script is emailed to me for printing and return mailing in the US. Time line for Notes is a week. Notes are good for someone with experience writing scripts.

A Review of a 120 page screenplay includes 5-7 pages of single-spaced notes. It goes over a story's structure, more line editing on the page, and my recommendations. There's more nitty-gritty about how to write a movie scriopt. Cost, $150. Time line for a review is ten days. This is more for first-time script writers.

"I have never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I feel so indebted to Bill Johnson that I have to give him a review. I went to a big name film school for college and throughout the entire 4 years and thousands of dollars, I never learned more about storytelling then I did reading this 3 dollar kindle book. Bill Johnson really gives you the map to the maze. After 6 years of making movies, I had some idea on what made a story work and what didn't, but Bill Johnson really gives the theoretical groundwork to what makes a story resonate with an audience. Not only did the book corroborate some ideas that I already had but enriched them and gave me so much more to think about. Thank You Bill!"

Notes on the first three chapters of a novel (or first 50 pages), $75. Includes 2-3 pages of feedback, some line editing. The basic problems in most manuscripts are a lack of a clear introduction of a story's promise, defining the main character's dramatic truths, and setting the story moving forward.

A Review of a novel up to 80,000 words is $250. I charge $1 for every 300 words over 80,000. Review runs 6-8 pages. Time line, two weeks.

Novel Critique, $200. Critique runs 12-16 pages. This includes the review and a detailed, chapter by chapter breakdown.

Query and Synopsis Review, $25.

I do not review television scripts or poetry, nor do I buy or sell scripts to Hollywood studios.

For more information about my review services, contact me at bjscript@teleport.com

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